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Boys Basketball: Former Fox Chapel star battles personal demons on road to recovery

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Fox Chapel assistant basketball coach Stu Lyon.

"The new boys basketball assistant coach at Fox Chapel High School took up residence on rock bottom a few times over the past two decades.

That's where alcoholics and homeless people can land, even if one is a former basketball star such as Stu Lyon.

"I don't need to get too specific," Lyon said, "but I remember having to sleep next to a train bridge in St. Paul, Minn., using stolen insulation above me and below me."

That's just a sampling of the way life used to be for Lyon ... and not all that long ago. Lyon is a former WPIAL star, a former major-college basketball player who got an MBA from Duke and who used to live large, trading stocks on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. But as recently as April, Lyon was homeless in Chicago."

 

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Girls Basketball: Fox Chapel hanging tough in rugged Section 2-AAAA

Written by Joe Koch on .

After three games against section rivals, Fox Chapel High's girls basketball team is tied for second place with a 2-1 record along with McKeesport.

In a 72-31 homecourt victory over Woodland Hillls this past Friday, Anna Huwar scored 15 points and Gabby Badway added 14.

The Foxes visit Penn Hills tonight in their final section game of the year. A week from tonight, they play North Hills in the Moon Holiday Tournament. That game will be played at 6 p.m. The other game features the host school against Aliquippa.

 

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Alumni Update – Jessie Thiessen (Allegheny College)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Allegheny women's soccer sophomore Jessie Thiessen and men's basketball sophomore Evan ZabriskiThiessen AC were named the Allegheny Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) November Athletes of the Month (SAAC) on Monday.


Thiessen, a Fox Chapel graduate, closed out another strong campaign for the Gators with her second All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) First Team selection, ending her sophomore season with 27 total points on nine goals and nine assists.  


Thiessen scored both goals for the Gators in their 2-0 victory in Saturday's season finale against Wittenberg. She opened the scoring in the 21st minute, assisted by Tori Delzer, before racking up the insurance goal with 25 minutes remaining in the second half, off of an assist from Nikki Augustine.  


The victory sealed the No. 2 seed in this week's North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, where Thiessen contributed a goal and assist in the Gators' 4-1 win over Denison.  


Monday's honor is Thiessen's second SAAC Athlete of the Month award this year.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Girls Tennis: Fox Chapel pair takes silver

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last season, Laurel Shymansky took gold in Hershey, as she and Lacey Cohen defeated North Allegheny’s Maddy Adams and Tina Li in three hard-fought sets in the PIAA Class AAA doubles title match.

On Saturday, Shymansky and Li once again squared off – with different partners – in the state championship. This time, however, it was Li who walked away with the gold.

Li and Eugenia Lee defeated Shymansky and freshman Amanda Nord, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, to win the state title.

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Hockey: Foxes off to fast start

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After winning just four of its 20 games in its first season back in the PIHL, Fox Chapel has almost equaled that total in the early going in this season.

The Foxes, who dropped from Class AAA to Class AA this season, are 3-1-2 through six games, including a 2-0-2 mark over their four contests. Brian Beal, Ben Friedland and Jonathan Rice lead a balanced scoring attack with seven points apiece. The Foxes have 10 players with at least two points this season.

Fox Chapel also has one of the best netminders in Class AA in Chad Veltri, an all-star last season. Veltri is 3-0-2 on the season, stopping 139 of 152 shots (.914 save percentage) with a 2.47 goals-against average.

The Foxes are off until Tuesday, when they face Moon.